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Transitions — a great place to start rebuilding your slides


By Tom Nixon

Imagine the typical slide deck with 20 or 50 or 70 text-filled slides. Some of them bullets, some just chock-full of text, maybe a few PowerPoint generated charts and graphs — all displayed on the same bland, mind-numbing template. Where do you begin the process of rebuilding? How do you start opening up the presentation, making it more engaging, viewer-friendly and less boring?

One way to reboot this snooze-fest is to add some interest with transition slides. Transition slides signal you are moving from one subject area to the next. Adding these slides won’t immediately require you to rework your content (you may want to do that later as you upgrade your entire presentation) but you can add an interesting generic image, some color and possibly a visual change of pace to the long progression of text slides. This could be especially helpful if you are locked into a template that makes each slide visually identical except for different text.

Now with some dramatically different transition slides in place every 5, 10 or 15 minutes, you have begun to break up the long dreadful march of almost identical visuals. Your audience will thank you for it.

Tom Nixon has over 3 decades of experience assisting clients with meaningful business communications. Contact Tom to see how he can work with your business leaders and subject matter experts to create stunning visual presentations (PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.) and enhance their on-stage delivery.